VALDOSTA -- Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority Board member Clint Slocumb is resigning his position, and the Board voted Tuesday on five names to submit for his replacement.

Slocumb is moving his official residence, making him ineligible to serve. Ken Garren, executive director of the Authority, said all of the proposed nominees had been surveyed, and each had agreed to serve if appointed.

The position is a Lowndes County appointment, and the guidelines stipulate that at least three names should be nominated. After discussing the nominees, the Board voted to submit all five names to the County Commission: Emmitt Pinkston, Jennifer Powell, Rich Foster, Crawford Powell and Bill Rountree.

Board member Glenn Gregory, the Authority's appointee to the Joint Development Authority, updated the Authority on the regional food processing park that is currently under discussion. Gregory stated that with the help of area farmers and the Southeast Ag Coalition, as well as input from several state agencies, such a project would be beneficial to the entire region.

Attorney Steve Gupton called for response to the advertised proposal for the $3.325 million in industrial revenue bonds to fund the YMCA's proposed expansion. No one was present at the meeting to submit a response.

He also discussed South Georgia Pecan's proposal to revise its industrial revenue bonds to lower the interest rate, which would entail no financial obligation on the part of the Authority.

In other business, a new street is being developed in the Azalea East Industrial Park, and the Authority voted to name it "Azalea East Parkway."



To contact Business Editor Kay Harris, please call 244-3400, ext. 280.



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